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Grab your ticket to Bali Nights Perth and join me to help raise funds for the Bali Animal Welfare Association – and for pups like adorable Bali Pip. When I first met Bali Pip she was an 8 week old puppy in the care of BAWA, recovering from mange. Her baldness didn’t stop her from making the most of every moment, and I love this photo because it sums her up so perfectly … throwing her head back in joyful abandon, happy to be alive. Come along and hear more about Bali Pip’s story on the night.

As a long term supporter of BAWA, I have worked first hand with street animals in Bali, and conducted the largest photography fundraising project featuring Bali’s remarkable street dogs and other animals.

I’m thrilled to host this inaugural event and to share a presentation on my experiences with BAWA.

Come along and share a drink, some delicious finger food, and bid on a silent auction item, while learning more about the wonderful work of BAWA and of the support provided to them by Bali Animal Welfare Association West Australia Inc.

WHERE: Rochelle Adonis, Highgate

WHEN: Friday 27th October 6pm to 9pm

COST: $85 per ticket

INCLUSIONS: Beer, wine, bubbles, finger food, vegetarian and vegan options, great company and a fab evening



NOTE: No graphic images will be shown

ALL PROFITS from this event will support the following BAWA programs:
– Bali’s only free 24/7 animal ambulance service
– Animal rehabilitation
– Free sterilisation & vaccination programs
– Daily street feeding
– Foster and adoption programs
– Education in schools & communities
– Advocacy for better animal welfare

Hope to see you there! ❤️



Join me and Bali Animal Welfare Association West Australia Inc. for BALI NIGHTS PERTH, and help raise funds for the Bali Animal Welfare Association.

Come along and share a drink, some delicious finger food, and bid on a silent auction item, while learning more about the wonderful work of BAWA and of the support provided to them by BAWA WA.

Many of us have travelled to Bali and have seen the state of the animals who live there. Feelings of helplessness and despair come from witnessing such sad suffering, and it can be hard to know how to seek assistance when dealing with a sick or injured animal on foreign shores. On a positive note, help is available … thanks to BAWA.

The BAWA team will respond to alerts of any animal in distress, from snakes to dolphins. They are funded entirely by donations and rely heavily on a staff of dedicated volunteers.

BAWA works every day to save the lives of animals in Bali and to relieve their suffering. They provide emergency response and rescue, food and medication, rehabilitation and adoption to animals in need, and run intensive animal education and advocacy programs.

As a long term supporter of BAWA, I have worked first hand with street animals in Bali, and conducted the largest photography fundraising project featuring Bali’s remarkable street dogs and other animals.

I’m thrilled to host this inaugural event and to share a presentation on my experiences with BAWA.

WHERE: rochelle adonis Highgate WA

WHEN: Friday 27th October 6pm to 9pm

COST: $85 per ticket

INCLUSIONS: Beer, wine, bubbles, finger food, vegetarian and vegan options, great company and a fab evening



NOTE: No graphic images will be shown

ALL PROFITS from this event will support the following BAWA programs:

– Bali’s only free 24/7 animal ambulance service
– Animal rehabilitation
– Free sterilisation & vaccination programs
– Daily street feeding
– Foster and adoption programs
– Education in schools & communities
– Advocacy for better animal welfare

Hope to see you there! ❤️


JOY – A celebration of the animal kingdom

In exactly two weeks “JOY – A celebration of the animal kingdom” is released in stores across the country. Every day I pinch myself, feeling blessed that Penguin Books Australia had the vision to release two books with me this year. I don’t quite know how I got to be so lucky but I’m extremely grateful for their support and belief in my concept for JOY.

In JOY there’s a little something for everybody. It has a strong rescue element, and is filled with uplifting and heartwarming images. It’s the perfect pick-me-up book after a tough day, guaranteed to brighten your mood, and is a visual reminder of the wonderful ways animals make our lives better.

Animals bring us so much JOY – and we must always try to give back the same, to them.

Pre order your signed copy online for just $21.99 + p/h at or RSVP to our book launch at


MODEL: A little rescue kitten in the clinic of the Bali Animal Welfare Association



Kindest Heart – Janice Girardi, founder of BAWA

KINDEST HEART! We have been working with the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) as a photography partner since 2011 and Janice Girardi, founder of BAWA, is definitely a modern day saint to the animals.

In January 2012, Deb and I spent a day with Janice visiting local rubbish tips to collect animals who had been discarded and thrown onto the trash heap – they were the unwanted and unloved. Both Deb and I have a limit to how much we can tolerate on a day like that, yet Janice puts herself out there 24/7 for 365 days a year to make the lives of Bali animals better.

BAWA doesn’t just help sick and injured animals – they also feed street dogs each day, run an island-wide animal ambulance service, provide education programs to children, conduct free spay/neuter clinics and were instrumental in the fight against rabies by commencing vaccination programs for dogs.

Janice funds BAWA through donations and the sales of her Janice Girardi Jewellery range but there is always a shortfall. We love her dearly not just for the work she does, but for the amazing woman she is. Our beautiful friend. Here is her story.

QUESTION: How did you come to live in Bali and start the Bali Animal Welfare Association?

JANICE: I first came to Bali in 1973 as a traveller. Dogs were much more integrated in to the Balinese society and culture then. No one chained or caged their dogs. The dogs were also healthier due to a much cleaner environment – there weren’t any cars on the roads, and the streams ran with fresh water.

When I came back in the late 70’s it was already changing, and Bali dogs (also known as Kintamani dogs) were being bred for sale. I rescued a puppy that was about to have his tail cut off and sold as a good luck charm. I quickly got attached and realised I had to find a way to live in Bali. I started a jewellery business and got a dog. I spent the next 16 years without electricity living on a river valley and it was amazing … and I learned a lot about the life of Bali dogs and fell in love with them.

The Bali Animal Welfare Association organically evolved over decades out of a need to help the dogs that were not being cared for, were hit by cars, or were thrown away due to over population. The problems were endless and there was no help for them.

I met I Love Bali Street Dogs Australia founders Paula and Natasha who were supporting a rescue group in the beach areas. They realised the need for help in Ubud and east Bali so donated funds to me for a van and team for my area. Then I opened a clinic with Listriani, a vet who previously worked with the beach rescue group, in Ubud where my street dogs could get treatment and she could have a private clinic.

Eventually we were evicted as I brought in too many dogs. Then I leased land and buildings for a shelter and started BARC with Linda from Australia. We tried to work together but I realised I was more suited for education, sterilisation, and street work rather than a shelter so she kept the shelter and I rented and managed the BAWA clinic and field programs. It was a win win situation for all of us.

Q: What does a day at BAWA involve for you?

JANICE: Well, it starts off with giving my 14 dogs at home morning treats and love. Then I follow my staff member Adi into Ubud. Adi rides a motorbike and has a huge container of food strapped on the back. I follow behind in my car to administer medicine as needed and pick up any injured puppies or newborns we find. We feed about 150 dogs each morning before I get to the office – all the while I answer calls asking for help on the 24/7 ambulance hotline.

I probably call the office 3 to 4 times on my way there rushing the ambulance all over Bali. Or I ask for help to meet me roadside to catch a puppy that’s escaped in to the rice fields. I also take photos of injured dogs so we can go back later to collect them. Once at the office I manage the BAWA staff, conduct meetings, answer emergency calls, and do anything and everything else involved in running all of BAWAs programs. We have approximately 50 staff and a whole island to help so it’s quite a big job.

Q: How many animals a year does BAWA assist, and what types of animals receive help?

JANICE: Gosh so many … we answer about 30 to 40 calls each day. Some of them we can direct to local vets or talk through solutions. Other calls we must rush to as real emergencies such as roadside accidents, dumped newborns, dogs with rabies symptoms.

We help all animals but focus on un-owned animals or animals owned by poor Balinese who do not have any other way to receive help for their animals. We respond a lot to chained animals, including sick monkeys, birds, owls, and of course many caged and chained dogs that have been left in cages for most of their lives.

We will send our emergency response and education teams out in these cases to hopefully convince the owner to give us the animal or work with them to take care of them. And of course we have to offer this for free as otherwise no care would be given.

Q: How many animals share your home, and who are they?

JANICE: Ha! Let’s see …. I have 14 dogs – Saki, Jaya, Raju, Hopscotch, Sophie, Nadia, Susi, Boy boy, Betsy Miranda, Sunny, Leyla, Lisa, Rahul and now Momo. I am trying desperately to find Momo a home though since she is still a puppy. I also have 6 office dogs and 4 at the jewellery shop and 3 at our jewellery workshop. Not to mention all of the village dogs I stop to see each morning or evening. I do live on a river valley so the dogs are free to roam, exercise, and swim in the river. It really is a doggie paradise.

Q: Is there a special animal who has touched your heart?

JANICE: I think dogs overall are so special. Each one I live with has touched my heart in some way. Every day I tell each one of them that I love them so much and love them the most. They all think they are top dog to me. All of my dogs are rescues and each one is a miracle child. Some came much more aggressive, some came very sick, some with distemper (and survived), and one arrived blind. I tend to keep the dogs that can’t be adopted for one reason or another or got adopted and returned many times. I suppose I am what you call a ‘foster failure’. 

Q: What message would you like to share with a wider audience about Bali animals / dogs / animal rescue?

JANICE: That animal rescue work is the most difficult and heartbreaking work I have ever done. But it is also the most joyful and rewarding. I thank the universe that this challenge was given to me. I can’t imagine a life without rescuing animals or teaching children about caring for them. They bring such endless unconditional love.

Q: How can we help BAWA from Australia, or as tourists to Bali / Lombok?

JANICE: Thank you for asking. Really we can always use supplies and our wish list is on our website or people can email us for the current list. We rely completely on donations to pay staff, keep our ambulances on the road and education teams going. We also always need food for our street programs that feed and medicate hundreds of dogs each day. We except volunteers that are pre vaccinated for rabies or would like to assist in our office as well. We are trying to open in Lombok and will need a lot of financial support and volunteer help to do so.

Q: Can you tell me something about Bali dogs that most people wouldn’t know?

JANICE: Bali dogs also are the oldest dog known to man (genetically speaking) so we are trying to educate the Balinese about how special their Bali community dog is and to not throw them away in favour of an import fashionable breed dog, or sell them to dog meat traders. Bali dogs are smart, loyal, and amazing animals and we hope we can prevent them from becoming a lost breed. Bali dogs share 50% gene pool with Australian dingos and are even older dating back 15,000 to 35,000 years.

For more information on BAWA or to donate, volunteer or view their wish list, please visit

PICTURED: Janice with several of her rescue dogs, at their river playground.




TONIGHT!!  Come along to the opening of CREATURE FEATURE on Tuesday 10th Sept at 6:30pm. An exhibition showcasing 20 of my favourite rescue works, at the Epson Print Gallery, Team Digital 268 Lord Street, East Perth. All prints will be signed and for sale as limited editions of ONE ONLY! Part proceeds to five animal charities – Dogs’ Refuge Home of WAKanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre , the Bali Animal Welfare AssociationSAFE Perth – Saving Perth Animals from EuthanasiaMalubillai Wildlife Carers Network. Love to see you all there. Check out the event page to RSVP




Check out Sept/Oct issue of Dogs Life Magazine

Check out the Sept/Oct issue of Dogs Life Magazine – it’s jam packed with cool things about dogs, lots of Houndstooth photos, and an article about our philanthropic work on pages 70-71! Our dear friends at the Bali Animal Welfare Association get a special mention too! Be sure to get your hands on a copy to read the article in full.




Exhibition for the Bali Animal Welfare Association

Houndstooth Studio invites
you to

Look Twice – the animals of Bali as never seen before.

 One Night Only
Photographic Exhibition & Fundraiser

 6:30pm – 9:30pm Friday 8th June 2012

Tompkins on Swan, cnr Dunkley Ave &  Canning Hwy, Alfred Cove, Perth WA


The Look Twice exhibition showcases the animals of Bali as never seen before. These uplifting and poignantly beautiful images reveal their strength and spirit, and are a testament to the valuable work undertaken to save their lives.  You will fall in love with every one.

Just like our pets at home, Bali animals deserve to be loved, cared for and nourished. Yet thousands of street dogs, cats and other domestic animals in Bali endure starvation, disease and neglect. Left unattended these animals suffer enormously. Tourists in Bali can be overwhelmed by the distressing sight of animals in pain and often don’t know how to help.

The Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) is dedicated to reducing the suffering of Bali’s street dogs and other animals by running a 24 hour animal ambulance rescue service, a mobile sterilisation clinic for population control and rabies eradication, a fully staffed veterinary clinic and rescue centre in Ubud, an animal adoption program, and a continually expanding range of community education programs to improve the health and welfare of Bali animals …but it is increasingly difficult for BAWA to continue this amazing work without the  desperately needed funds to support these operations. BAWA is funded entirely by individual donations, fundraising projects and the kind efforts of volunteers. They don’t receive government support and urgently need our help! 

In January 2012 we flew to Bali and photographed more than 50 rescued street dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and other species including rabbits, piglets, ducks, lizards, turtles, snakes,  roosters, ducks and monkeys in temporarily constructed studios around Ubud. This is the first time Bali street animals have been photographed in the clarity of a studio environment and the results are deeply moving.

Sixty exhibited images will be available for purchase in two sizes and fabulous silent auction items, generously donated by compassionate businesses, are up for grabs.

We invite you to be a part of this special one-night-only exhibition. Together we can help BAWA change the lives of Bali animals.  100% of profits from “Look Twice” go to BAWA.

RSVP via our event page at


How you can help the dogs and cats of Bali

We are proud to announce we’re providing ongoing photography services and sponsorship to the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA), as our priority overseas animal charity organisation. BAWA provide an animal ambulance service, operate a street feeding program, and run a shelter (the only rabies quarantine centre on the island) for the dogs and cats of Bali.

We’re visiting BAWA in Jan 2011 and asked for a list of items they need to help their animals. They are desperate for blankets, towels, collars, leads, dog chews, worm tabs, flea/tick medicine, injectable Ivermectin, antibiotic skin lotion, shampoo, broad spectrum antibiotics. Second hand bedding, etc is perfect. We’re looking at a way to ship these items over prior to our visit (and are negotiating free or discounted air freight) but in the meantime would love to start stockpiling goods.

If you are able to provide anything from the list (even a towel) and are Perth based we’d love to hear from you. We will be doing a bulk collection on 28th December for the Perth metro area, or goods can be delivered to us in North Perth prior to that date. We will also be compiling a list of every donor to pass on to BAWA.

Thanks to the dozens of individuals, families, businesses and even charities who have already pledged goods.

To donate items, or for further info, please email


The Animals of Bali

My holiday to Bali was filled with an abundance of adventure and creatures – the perfect getaway. Candi Dasa is a beautiful, serene village, with great snorkelling and picturesque traditional countryside. I trekked through rice paddies, crossed home-made bamboo bridges over raging rivers, discovered an array of weird and wonderful bugs, frogs and reptiles to photograph, and spent time with Mr D, the coolest Bali macaque monkey you could ever meet. 

The state of the animals in Bali is exactly what I expected, having heard the horror stories from past Bali visitors. Many of the dogs on the street are skinny and are ridden with mange, yet still wear collars so must have homes somewhere. The cats are friendly but have the tips of their tails docked, and are small in size and looking for a feed. The Balinese are gentle people, but some (not all!) seem nonchalant when it comes to pet ownership.  I don’t think the neglect occurs out of deliberate intent but more so from not understanding what an animal requires as far as care goes – they tend to think an animal can be responsible for itself and that it doesn’t need a secure yard, regular meals, or a comfortable bed.

On the other hand, something I found quite shocking and deliberate was number of roosters held in small upside down basket cages, to be later used for cockfighting. The sport is illegal in Bali but the authorities don’t enforce the laws in relation to it – so basically it’s a cockfighting free-for-all. I visited one village of a few hundred people and there were over 60 cock fighting roosters sitting in their cages scattered throughout the main street. One local became suspicious of my interest in them and the fact that I was taking so many photographs, so I had to pretend I was excited about their colouring – some were dyed fluoro pink and bright yellow. Several had cuts healing on their feet, and some had bands around their legs to which the razor blades are attached…

On a positive note, there are a number of worthy animal charity organisations in Bali, particularly Bali Street Dogs and the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA). Both groups work together to run sterilisation clinics, re-home stray puppies and provide vet care and daily food for older dogs living on the streets. So it’s good to know that people are working to effect change, and give the animals of Bali a better life.

Now, I mentioned Mr D the Bali macaque monkey earlier! Orphaned at a month old, Mr D lives at the Bayshore Villas with surrogate-Dad Brad (owner of the Bayshore).  He is now 11 months old and is the smartest, cutest, most playful and naughtiest (in a good way) animal I have ever met! He loves nothing more than jumping onto people’s heads (he thinks the shock value is awesome!), having a swing in his tree, and eating his fruit – watermelon, papaya, and bananas are favourites. 

To be so close to a monkey was an amazing experience and unlike the monkey forest, I wasn’t concerned about being bitten – as a side note, I wasn’t bitten in the monkey forest either, but one cheeky macaque did pitch a seed pod at me, hitting me on the elbow! Mr D was eager to learn and was highly intelligent. When I switched a rock from one hand to the other, hiding it from him,  he would tell me where it was.  The first time he picked the wrong hand, but after that I couldn’t trick him! He communicated with me via a wide range of facial expressions and chatted away in happy monkey squeaks. He was infatuated with my Canon point and shoot camera too, and several times he put it on the grass so he could jump on it with all four feet! Thank goodness it’s the shock proof model! At one point I set it to video mode and pressed ‘record’ – Mr D then dragged it around with him and made a blurry video! 

He is an adorable, spoilt little guy and I look forward to seeing him on my next visit to Bali. 

Enjoy the pics.

Mr D eats breakfast

A surprise for puppy!

The charming Mr D

3 week old macaque 

Finger Food



Turtle (From Safari Park)

 Gecko on the roof

Roosters in their cages